Anthony Petrello is well-known for the work he as done at Nabors Industries, one of the US’s most prestigious oil drilling companies. This company owns the world’s largest oil rig fleet both in land and offshore operations, and has been a pioneer in drilling technology since its founding in 1968. Petrello has been the Chairman and CEO of the company since 2011 when he took over upon the retirement of Eugene Isenberg, known for bringing the company out of bankruptcy and growing its portfolio. Petrello is responsible for strategic direction and helping the company find new ways to compete in the always changing environment of the industry. Petrello has moved a lot in his career from a young up and coming mathematician, to oil guru and also a husband and father.
Petrello was born in Newark, NJ and was an excellent student growing up. He always liked to find new ways to solve math problems, and his skills with numbers helped get him to Yale University. Petrello studied under a well-known math professor named Serge Lange and became one of Lange’s favorite students. Petrello got both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics, but he decided he wanted to go in a different direction. So he enrolled in Harvard’s law school program and entered the practice for about 13 years.
He joined Baker & McKenzie law firm in New York where he represented clients for corporate legal proceedings such as tax compliance, underwriting, arbitration and other major transactions that required legal guidance. He did a great job in this field that in 1986 he became a Managing Partner at the firm, but it didn’t stop there. Nabors Industries was a client at the firm and they were so impressed with Petrello that they asked him to come work for them. So in 1991 Tony Petrello became Chief Operating Officer of Nabors and relocated to Houston.
Anthony Petrello and his wife Cynthia Petrello have a young daughter named Carena that has Cerebral Palsy. She was born with this condition and the Petrellos had tried to find any treatment they could to better her condition, but they were told that none currently existed. But they did look into the Dan and Jan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and decided they would offer as much financial support as they could to help find cures for CP. Petrello hopes others will see the importance of this philanthropy and will join to help young children affected by brain disorders.